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What makes a Moleskine notebook so good and when should someone invest in them?

In my opinion Moleskine are more looks and brand than quality. Not that I think they are bad, I personally like them but I've had better quality as well. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing ...
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Client requesting source files to all design drafts and to all versions throughout the process

Clients are NOT generally entitled to source files or design drafts unless you agreed to that in a contract. Do you have a contract or terms of business? What does it say? If it's unclear, seek legal ...
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Does this kind of sketch have a name?

I would call this a character wireframe. Googling for that term gives images like this: These are often used in "How to draw X" tutorials.
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How did Jony Ive draw the curved lines along the edge of this pen so evenly spaced together?

A quick check on Jony Ive shows that he was born in 1967, and he studied, among other things Industrial Design. While CAD was a thing in and around 1986, he most likely learned the bulk of his trade ...
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Should I discard rough sketches as I develop my final version?

Never discard sketches. They may contain ideas and inspiration for other projects or even later versions of the same project. At the very least, you can reflect on them later and be inspired for new ...
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What is a good software to make technical and/or schematic illustrations about space and orbital dynamics?

You can continue in Inkscape. But the drawings of 3D models of the space rockets like fig 7_29 must be constructed in a proper 3D CAD software or they must be purchased. I skip that subject, because ...
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Looking for an iPad drawing app where you can do duplication

Some of the more "obscure" drawing apps offer this sort of feature. These do, and in personal order of preference // with commentary: ibisPaint // Funky, dated UI hiding VERY good performance and ...
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Would it be weird in terms of aesthetic to design such a logo?

There are no rules here. Conventional reading would tell you not to stack glyphs mid-word. But that's for reading. Reading a logo is not always the primary goal. If a logo is designed to contain ...
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Is sketching or drawing someone else's photograph a copyright violation?

One needs to clarify the usage and intent.... If you merely look at a photograph and draw based on what you see, there's rarely any infringement. Using reference is exceptionally common and almost ...
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What is a good software to make technical and/or schematic illustrations about space and orbital dynamics?

While its true you can use inkscape for this. Its not impossible after all any line drawing is possible to do in inkscape. though inkscape is not doing you many favors Of your examples 2 were clearly ...
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How strong lighting should I have in a studio where I work with only paper and pen?

I'd say 1000 is enough, it's very bright actually. It's similar to normal daylight and that's what is usually recommended for graphic design on computers as well. You can go a bit lower for your own ...
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Would it be weird in terms of aesthetic to design such a logo?

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Weird? Maybe that's the effect you are striving for. Consider how you felt the first time you saw Toys "R" Us with the R flopped and emphasized with quotation ...
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Is this still a sketch?

There is no definite line between something being a sketch and being a drawing. A drawing is generally considered to be a sketch if it is to be used to create another piece. Usually a sketch is ...
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Is there a gesture-like exercise for drawing faces?

I found it disconcerting that some here are claiming gesture is only useful for caricature and not professional, fine art or rendering. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are learning ...
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Balsamiq sketch skin in Sketch App

I saw a "UI kit" a week ago that had several Balsamiq'y looking elements. If I find it, I'll post; but here are several that are much-more-refined than Balsamiq. (Balsamiq is much faster IMO; there'...
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is there something inherently special to non photo blue pencils?

Non-Repro Blue, Copy-Not, Non-Photo blue referred to their inability to be reproduced by Ortho-chromatic copy film. It shows clearly with Panchromatic materials but not with Blue-sensitive "ortho." ...
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is there something inherently special to non photo blue pencils?

In the past we wanted to make some markings to papers, but wanted to avoid the markings to be copied in a photocopier. Light blue or light green pen solved it, because they obviously reflected the ...
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How to paint this bottle glossy?

I will cheat and give you some links for you to study. Inkscape: realistic lighting and shading How can I make a shape look like it is made of glass? Prototype Visualization: How can I learn to ...
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Logo sketch critique

Boys. Plural. So if you're going to do drawings of heads or hats, or anything else representative of people, it needs to be 2 of them. Magnifying glass is wrong for social media marketing. It's ...
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Paper background with flecked or fibrous pattern

There's a textile dust overlay image (or more likely a fill pattern made of a dust photo), a grey background and the written paper is a separate layer with a drop shadow. It's between the grey ...
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Can you in some way design a "sketch" illustration theme for Google Maps?

Google Maps offers a very extensive API for style customisation. You can customise almost any element. This is done through a Javascript API: the styles are saved in a JSON structure and then applied ...
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Client requesting source files to all design drafts and to all versions throughout the process

I detest these issues, but they can arise from time to time. It's even worse when a client has turned sour for some reason and are just being ridiculously demanding and unrealistic. The first thing I ...
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How long does it take to design a single wikihow illustration?

Just guessing between 2-3 up to 10-15-20 hours revisions included. Depends on skill level.
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Stylize scientific plots

Sorry for the radio silence, crazy deadline. What I meant was this: starting from the vector image in Illustrator. (For this, I rebuilt it very quickly.) I created swatches for your two colors, ...
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Creating a pressure sensitive pencil style in Gimp

In case this is found by future Wacom users, this was definitly a driver issue. Once i found Windows 10 drivers, got them installed and restarted the PC it now shows up in gimp.
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Outlined sketch to PDF, Corel draw?

Start with Trace Bitmap to get your art into curves, then export to the desired file type!
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learning to draw but hates proportions

One way to avoid the problem of removing guidelines is to use two sheets of paper, one "underlay" for the rough guidelines and another semi-transparent "overlay" for the final sketch or clean ...
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How to create something like this?

That can simply be drawn in illustrator. I think most of it can be made with the shape tools: circles and rectangles. Start with the big circle. Make a part for 1 side, copy and paste it, use reflect ...
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Best Way To Digitally Capture a Pencil Sketch

Well, you do not need that much high resolution. A. The scale, depending on what you want. If you need presicion on the proportions, it is better to draw at a larger scale. If you want a lot of ...
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What's the fastest-drying pen?

I constantly have smudge issues because I'm left-handed so even basic writing tasks look very dirty due to smudging. It sounds like you're looking more for a marker-type pen, but I'd like to comment ...
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